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Cyndi Perlman Fink's answer to What can I learn/know right now in 10 minutes that will be useful for the rest of my life?

<b>How to buy strawberries...</b><p>Smell them. If they smell like strawberries buy them, they will taste divine. If they look gorgeous but have no smell, they …

Why is there no more graffiti on NYC subway cars?

Dennis Mykytyn<br>I worked as an executive for the MTA in the mid 1980s and am going to disagree with the "broken windows" theory, and say improved …

NYCTA

Karen X. Cheng's answer to How do you make a video go viral?

I almost didn’t write this answer.<p>Because I wanted to keep the magic behind my viral video to myself. Because of my ego. Because I would have loved …

Suchithra Ravi's answer to What are the most common clichés in fiction writing?

God, where do I start?<p><b>Romance</b><p>The hot loner guy who never spoke to anybody and generally behaved like a jerk? Falls flat for the pretty girl who ends …

Gabriel Maestas's answer to What’s something a reasonably smart person likely doesn't know but would find incredibly useful?

<b>Either/or</b><br>Google normally searches for pages that contain all the words you type in the search box, but if you want pages that have one term or …

San Francisco

Robert Frost's answer to Why are rainbows shaped as semicircular arcs?

Rainbows are circular because they represent reflections of sunlight off of drops of water and into your eyes. The shape formed by all those rays is …

Landscape Photography

Tyler Hooks's answer to Why don't we laugh when we tickle ourselves?

When you tickle yourself, your cerebellum, which is involved with the monitoring of movement, predicts the sensation of touching, and therefore …

Answer to How does geography affect language?

Before I answer directly, let's go on a little tangent to explore the notion of:<p>It literally means <b>"language league"</b> and is a concept that dates back …

Martin Fox's answer to Who was the first hipster?

<b>Oscar Wilde</b> was the first hipster.<p>“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a …

Jon Pennington's answer to What made the 'keep calm and carry on' posters popular again?

Technically speaking, the "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters were never popular during the Second World War, because the posters were never widely …

Posters

Robert Frost's answer to Is everyone's experience of color the same?

Let me start with a bit of semantics that it isn't really a question of whether the <b>shades</b> you see are the same or different. It's a question of the …

Saifullah Khan's answer to What is the best sacrifice in the history of chess?

Perhaps the best sacrifice is when you sacrifice multiple pieces in succession and force your opponent in to a checkmate.<p>That's exactly what Esteban …

Board Games

Phil Jones's answer to Why did Snoop Dogg change his name to Snoop Lion? What motivated him, and did he actually have it legally changed?

Rap is a young man's game.<p>Or rather, all American pop musicians have to have a bratty teenager persona. That's true of rock, punk and metal as well …

Dan Huang's answer to What is it like to drive from New York to Los Angeles in less than 30 hours?

One word: <b>Intense.</b><p>But as intense as 30 hours nonstop on the road may seem, with the right combination of preparedness, attentiveness, and …

Andrew Hamada's answer to How did Susan Bennett not know she was the voice of Siri until after she was recognized by a friend?

<b>Susan Bennett recorded hours and hours of voice "snippets" for use in a speech construction database being built by a company called ScanSoft. Susan</b> …

Michael Wolfe's answer to How big of a deal is Uber? I’m not asking specifically about the Google Venture’s investment.

• If you think of Uber as a <b>town</b> <b>car</b> company operating in a few cities, it is not big.<br>• If you think of Uber as <b>dominating</b> and even <b>growing</b> the town car …

San Francisco

Bob Cooke's answer to Police and Law Enforcement: What's a 'Sudafed smurf'?

These guys are part of a network that go from store to store buying PSE (pseudo ephedrine). In some cases they are addicts. But in the great state of …

Methamphetamine

Answer to Does hijab help muslim females escape the pressure of always dressing up and trying to look attractive?

I feel comfortable and confident in hijab. Every morning all I have to do is don an abaya ( a full body covering garment) and leave for work. It does …

Michael Nelson's answer to What are holidays like in prison?

Over my sixteen years of incarceration, the holidays seem to get harder with each passing year. I'm not sure if it's because I'm getting older, or …

Homemade

Answer to Will Facebook ever have an 'unlike' or 'thumbs down' feature?

The feature you're remembering was real and launched in November 2007.<p>I built it mostly as part of an effort to identify crappy spammy stories …

Christopher Schuhmacher's answer to What does prison smell like?

Great question. Prison smells like the corpse of a dead animal used to house the lost souls of unwanted men. San Quentin was built in 1852, so that's …

Answer to What is it like for someone with Asperger's—or someone who has difficulty with social cues—to learn them?

As an Aspie, I have (and to a certain extent, still do) suffered from the fact that I have been oblivious to social cues and reading between the …

David Kwong's answer to What is the process for putting together a New York Times Crossword Puzzle?

I always approach the NYT crossword by thinking "what theme has yet to be done?"<p>Deb Amlen really nailed the answer below (hi Deb!).<p>My advice is, look …

Answer to How is Square offering revenues back to merchants within 24 hours?

Very carefully.<p>Putting this in place was actually a big project across a bunch of different functions at Square. We referred to the project as Fast …

Answer to What is it like to be an ex-New Yorker?

I was born in Manhattan in 1957 and lived there for 30 years, when I moved to Vermont. I still consider myself, at heart, a New Yorker--my character …

Jan Jaap's answer to What is it like to earn a living through poker?

Poker

Kate Powers's answer to Breaking Bad (TV series): What is it like working with Vince Gilligan?

When I moved to Los Angeles, I heard stories about this or that person who was rumored to be difficulty/demanding. All these stories came with a …

TV

Jon Mixon's answer to From a profit driven standpoint (not a morality one), why can't heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana be legalized, taxed, and sold over the counter?

With deference to Justin Freeman ( who hasn't been on here recently) his answer unfortunately represents the mindset which allowed our nation to …

Sheryl Sandberg's answer to What are some ways to inspire girls to embrace technology?

• Reinforcing for young girls that they are good at math and science and technical endeavors. When girls are told right before a math test that “girls …

Blake Mycoskie's answer to What is the mission of TOMS?

While I was on vacation in Argentina in 2006, I met volunteer workers helping children get shoes by going around collecting donations. It was very …